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AG Likely To Appeal Latest Gay Divorce Ruling

By BJ Austin

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-944407.mp3

Dallas, TX – An Appeals court in Austin says the State Attorney General cannot block the divorce of two women who were married in Massachusetts.

The 3rd Texas Court of Appeals ruled the Attorney General lacks standing in the case because he waited too long to intervene. The ruling does not address any constitutional issues.

Attorney General Greg Abbott was able to block a Dallas gay-divorce in a similar case last year.

Abbott: The Dallas court of appeals got it right and the Austin court of appeals got it wrong today. The Texas Constitution and statutes are clear. Only the union of a man and woman can be treated as a marriage in Texas.

Abbott says the Austin court's decision undermines unambiguous Texas law. He says an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court is likely.